Nanoparticles and optical stimulation of neurons

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Future
Department
Surgery
Location
Surgery, Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Karina Needham Personal web page
A/Prof Paul Stoddart

Project Details

The fields of neurophotonics and optogenetics promise to revolutionise neurophysiology and medical bionics. In particular, light can be used to excite neurons without direct contact and with high spatial precision. Our research interest is in understanding how to harness these techniques for optically stimulation of neurons. Using a culture of primary neurons, you will investigate either 1) how gold nanoparticles can be applied for optical stimulation, or 2) the cellular mechanisms activated by infrared light. This project is undertaken in collaboration with researchers at Swinburne University of Technology, and would suit students with a strong background in one or more of the following disciplines: physiology, neuroscience, biotechnology, or biophysics.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science Graduate Research Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other Graduate Research requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Key Contact

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Department

Surgery

Research Node

Surgery, Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital